Its Volcano Season once again out here in the pacific Northwest.
St Helens is the smallest of the Volcanoes out here in Wa summiting at around 8'300 feet ( The eruption in 80 took off over 1'000 feet).
Our original plan was to do a multiday trip but someone forgot there sleeping bag so that changed objective. So here is the T.R.
We arrived at a deadend spot in the road around 1 A.M. and noticed another car parked instead of started in the dark we decided to take a nap. The next morning we started talking to the other group which were two guys from Jackson Hole. Kiel was a skier and Reed was on tele gear, they just decided to ski a volcano on there roadtrip heading North so they made a bipass to St. Helens. We decided to stick together as a group so our party of three turned into 5 (4 skinning 1 snowshoeing). The road was buried at around 2,200 feet and we were going to have to skin up the road for over 6 miles.
Our first View of the Volcano
Decision time MarbleMount or Climbers Bivy ??
Sunglasses in Washington ?????
Looks like we past the junction for climbers Bivy time for some bushwacking (Our ascent path is to the left of the gully)
Skier Dan snowshoeing up a gully (yes I said snowshoeing)
A group break right before alpine
Nice snowmobile tracks
Planning our line of Ascent
Breaking into alpine
Its a long slog
Kiel taking a quick Breather
running up the volcano
Getting close to the summit
Looking off into the Valleys
Spirit Lake from the summit
Don't Forget to bring a towel
Getting ready to ride a 6'000 vert line
Its all down hill from here
Reed dropping in
Great corn in a huge gully
Since Dan was snowshoeing he made it about 1'000 vert short of the summit but he started were the corn was the best